New Categories Added to PM’s Youth Awards

first_img New categories and features have been added to the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence, which returns this November after a three-year hiatus. New categories and features have been added to the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence, which returns this November after a three-year hiatus.For the first time, awards will be presented for excellence in Innovation, Science and Technology and Environmental Protection.These are in addition to the traditional areas of Agriculture, Sports, Youth-In-Service, Arts and Culture, Journalism, Entrepreneurship, Academics and Leadership.Making the announcement at a press conference at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on June 19, State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, explained that the new categories were created to “send a clear signal to our young people that those are the areas to embark upon”.“Those are areas that are very important to our growth agenda, and they are important to our country in general,” he added.Meanwhile, the category of Journalism will now include e-Journalism in recognition of the increasing distribution of content via the Internet, while Social Entrepreneurship has been added to the Entrepreneurship award category.A special Jamaica 55 award has been created for 55 young persons who have demonstrated outstanding and consistent voluntary service at the community level.The awardees in the Jamaica 55 category will be eligible for project grants from the Ministry to further their community and youth development work.Mr. Green noted that the decision to reintroduce the PM Awards was to fittingly recognise young people’s critical role in transforming Jamaica.He is encouraging youths between the ages of 15 and 29, who excel in the various areas, to apply for the awards before the August 31 deadline.Jerome Cowans, who received the Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2011, said the national recognition has empowered him to continue his work in helping young people in his community. Jerome started a homework programme to help at-risk youngsters.His has gained recognition for his leadership skills from her Majesty the Queen, former United States President Barack Obama and the Nelson Mandela family.Introduced in 1998, the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence was created to recognise young Jamaicans who have excelled and contributed to national development in various areas. Since its inception, 165 awards have been conferred.Nomination forms can be accessed at the Ministry’s website at www.moey.gov.jm, www.youthjamaica.com and at Youth Information Centres islandwide. Meanwhile, the category of Journalism will now include e-Journalism in recognition of the increasing distribution of content via the Internet, while Social Entrepreneurship has been added to the Entrepreneurship award category. For the first time, awards will be presented for excellence in Innovation, Science and Technology and Environmental Protection. Story Highlightslast_img read more

INT’L Shipping a Major Plank of Economic Programme – Henry

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, says international shipping is a major plank of the Government’s strategic economic programme,Capitalising on potential mega investments associated with the global logistics hub initiative and bolstered by the expanded Panama Canal.He was speaking on day one of the 30th Session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) General Assembly at the entity’s headquarters in London on Monday (November 27). The session, which concludes on December 6, is being held under the theme ‘IMO: Connecting Ships, Ports and People’.Jamaica is actively lobbying support for its election to Category ‘C’ of the IMO Council at elections to be held on Friday, December 1.Minister Henry told delegates that Jamaica considers the development and growth of the maritime sector as a major feature of Vision 2030, which is the national development plan.The sector, he said, is essential in growing the economy while providing employment through a range of professional services, building on the success facilitated by substantial investments in world-class ports in cruise and transhipment; global distribution through the logistics hub; a dynamic and diverse Caribbean Maritime University (CMU); and an effective marine administration with a small but quality ship registry.He informed that the island’s capacity to perform as a well-regulated maritime State continues to benefit from the IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP), and that through its own bilateral assistance, Jamaica has the honour of delivering training on behalf of the IMO to other CARICOM countries.Minister Henry said Jamaica continues to show leadership in the Caribbean region in partnering with the IMO to find solutions to reducing emissions from international shipping.He noted that the country is the only one in the region and the only Small Island Developing State (SIDS) that was selected as a Lead Pilot Country under the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnership (GLOMEEP), which tackles emissions from international shipping through legal, policy and institutional reforms.GLOMEEP is a project of the IMO, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)During a courtesy call on Secretary-General of the IMO, His Excellency Kitack Lim, Minister Henry underscored Jamaica’s long-standing commitment and support for the agency, citing the country’s implementation of the rules and standards emanating from the IMO.The Secretary General commended Jamaica on its active role and involvement at the IMO, on its advanced maritime infrastructure, as well as the unique skills and contribution of Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Brady, who is Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) and Special Envoy to the IMO.Jamaica’s delegation to the assembly includes Jamaica’s High Commissioner to London, His Excellency Seth Gorge Ramocan; Chair, Board of Directors, MAJ, Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester; President of the CMU, Professor Fritz Pinnock; and Rear Admiral Brady. He informed that the island’s capacity to perform as a well-regulated maritime State continues to benefit from the IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP), and that through its own bilateral assistance, Jamaica has the honour of delivering training on behalf of the IMO to other CARICOM countries. He noted that the country is the only one in the region and the only Small Island Developing State (SIDS) that was selected as a Lead Pilot Country under the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnership (GLOMEEP), which tackles emissions from international shipping through legal, policy and institutional reforms. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, says international shipping is a major plank of the Government’s strategic economic programme, Capitalising on potential mega investments associated with the global logistics hub initiative and bolstered by the expanded Panama Canal.last_img read more